AMD Radeon HD 6870 And 6850: Is Barts A Step Forward?

HQV 2.0 Video Playback Quality Benchmark

While our review is pressed short for time, we did manage to run the HQV 2.0 benchmark on the Radeon HD 6870.

We left most of the driver settings at their default values but increased the edge enhancement setting to 35%, to our taste.

Here are the results we observed:

HQV Benchmark 2.0 Results
(Radeon HD 6870)
Test
Score
TEST CLASS 1:
VIDEO CONVERSION

Chapter 1: Video Resolution 19/20
Chapter 2: Film Resolution 10/10
Chapter 3: Overlay on Film 8/10
Chapter 4: Response Time
7/10
Chapter 5: Multi-Cadence
30/30
Chapter 6: Color Upsampling Errors
10/10
TEST CLASS 2:
NOISE AND ARTIFACT REDUCTION


Chapter 1: Random Noise
20/20
Chapter 2: Compression Artifacts
20/20
Chapter 3: Upscaled Compression Artifacts
20/20
TEST CLASS 3:
IMAGE SCALING AND ENHANCEMENTS


Chapter 1: Scaling and Filtering
15/15
Chapter 2: Resolution Enhancement
15/15
TEST CLASS 4:
ADAPTIVE PROCESSING


Chapter 1: Contrast Enhancement
20/20
Chapter 2: Skin Tone Correction:
10/10
TOTAL SCORE:
204/210


As you can see, the Radeon HD 6870 achieved an almost-perfect score. While there is definitely some subjective variables for this test, our results are very close to AMD's 198/210 reported score. No matter how you slice it, the Radeon HD 6800-series is capable of superlative video playback enhancements.

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  • SteelCity1981
    Yeah I agree. I don't get AMD's marketing on the 6000 series. One would think that the 6870 would obv performan better then the 5870 at first glance but instead it yelds less performance then the 5870. That just doesn't make any sense from a consumor standpoint.
  • TheRockMonsi
    I like where AMD is going with the 6000 series, not so much with naming, but pretty much everything else about it. Can't wait for the 6900's, those are going to be beasts!!!!!
  • Randomacts
    Its here.....
  • Poisoner
    I think AMD did a great job with these cards. Its just sick at what performance you can get for 200 bucks.
  • Super review. but i think HD6850 is faster than 1gb gtx 460....
  • duk3
    Nice benchmark suite!
    I am looking forward to the 6900 series and 22nm gpus later on for some real performance improvements.
  • takeapieandrun
    Not exactly powerhouses, but I do believe they will be great for market competition.
  • agnickolov
    This is what happens when a company is left with no competition for so long...
  • forces
    nice but... where is Crysis!!!? they can play Crysis i know but how well can they play it? everyone has Crysis and have played Crysis and will play it... :(, its a nice game to compare perfomance...
  • rottingsheep
    6850 vs 1gb 460. i would pick 460 because it overclocks a lot better
  • cangelini
    forcesnice but... where is Crysis!!!? they can play Crysis i know but how well can they play it? everyone has Crysis and have played Crysis and will play it... , its a nice game to compare perfomance...


    We actually discussed Crysis, but I'm honestly really damn tired of Crysis. When Crysis 2 comes out, I'll be all over it like Rosie O'Donnell on a $5 pie sale at Marie Callender's. For now, we're going to phase that one out, though :)
  • SteelCity1981
    So I guess AMD has no plans to replace the Radeon 5700 series on down then according to the chart in the first page for a while to come.
  • L0tus
    Sorry but I'm disappointed. Decent cards but VERY misleading names. I don't like being misled.
  • dragonsqrrl
    Well, I think we can finally agree that the so called "illegitimate" Barts/HD68xx rumors have been confirmed. In retrospect, it really is quite interesting what some people were trying to claim, and how confident they were while doing it.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/11395-55-report-launching-radeon-6000

    Great cards, giving some fierce competition to the upper mid range segment.
  • shura4ever
    "The MSRP of the Radeon HD 6870 is $40, a bit less than the Radeon HD 5850"
    $40? sell it to me :D
  • winner4455
    shura4ever"The MSRP of the Radeon HD 6870 is $40, a bit less than the Radeon HD 5850"$40? sell it to me


    Exactly what I was thinking when I read it xD

    It's actually $240 though... D:
  • scrumworks
    You seemingly want to talk more about nvidia and their magnificent Fermi than AMD. The whole introduction was almost concentrated on downplaying AMD and telling "Nvidia's Answers". It's like you wanted to review another Fermi but were forced to review a new Radeon.
  • dogman_1234
    These are great cards...being for price compared to their 400 dollar counterpart.
  • buzznut
    very smart to release a card that can compete with the GTX460. Looks like a win for AMD.
  • ohim
    L0tusSorry but I'm disappointed. Decent cards but VERY misleading names. I don't like being misled.

    I totally .. agree .. is either they wanna change the names of the lower end cards or this 6000 series is such a fail.
  • cangelini
    scrumworksYou seemingly want to talk more about nvidia and their magnificent Fermi than AMD. The whole introduction was almost concentrated on downplaying AMD and telling "Nvidia's Answers". It's like you wanted to review another Fermi but were forced to review a new Radeon.


    Actually, we would have rather reviewed Cayman :) Cypress Lite was a bit of a surprise!
  • weatherdude
    Oh, AMD did throw their naming convention into the wind. Sigh... it'll take some time for me to accurately compare cards across generations. The 6800 cards however do seem great and all.
  • scarecrow2k6
    The last time I was confused and questioned my ability to think was when "Inception" came out.
  • cangelini
    shura4ever"The MSRP of the Radeon HD 6870 is $40, a bit less than the Radeon HD 5850"$40? sell it to me


    Feexed =)